The Department of History offers the Master of Arts degree with coursework in American, Premodern World, and Modern World history. Students who pursue their degree in our traditional face-to-face option choose the thesis or non-thesis track to complete their M.A. degree. We also offer an option for teachers to complete their degree in History online. Teachers in need of 18 credits of graduate study in history will find a range of interesting courses taught by our full-time EIU graduate faculty.
As our alumni page attests, our program is flexible enough to meet a number of career objectives. Full-time students seeking a terminal master’s degree can complete the program in three regular semesters, including summer coursework. Students planning to go on to a doctoral program may wish to take two years. Our evening seminars are convenient for students balancing their studies with employment.
Both the face-to-face and online options offer rigorous training in the three areas of study. The centerpiece of the program is Historiography, a course that introduces students to the methodologies and theoretical frameworks historians employ. Our proseminars in US, premodern, and modern world history introduce students to the important scholarly debates in each of these general concentrations of study. Students in the online option undertake a one-credit, on-campus course that offers an overview of the discipline, the research resources they will be using in their studies, and the departmental faculty. (Affordable on-campus housing for that brief, on-campus immersion is available.)
Students interested in pursuing their degrees full-time will find our competitive graduate assistantships can make their studies affordable. These assistantships carry tuition waivers and monthly stipends. Assistants perform a range of duties, such as research assistance, teaching assistance, technology support, and editorial support for academic journals, and gain valuable skills in the process.